With the Western Cape being in a three-year drought, the summer leading to the 2017 harvest will be remembered as one of the driest. Fortunately, the very cool night temperatures in Elgin helped the grapes retain freshness. The fruit for the Seven Flags Chardonnay was harvested on the 6th and 7th March from the estate’s oldest Chardonnay vineyards planted in 1987.
After whole bunch pressing and settling (without any settling agents), the wine was 100% wild fermented in a selection of French oak barrels; 35% new, the rest second and third fill. Lees stirring was done to a much lesser degree than in previous years to retain freshness. The wine remained on the lees for a total of nine months without any sulphur addition. Only 30% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation, all without inoculation. After tasting and blending trials, the wine was assembled from the best barrels, stabilised and prepared for bottling.
Tim Atkin MW: 95 pts
IWSC: Silver Outstanding
Vinous: 93 pts
Jamie Goode: 95 pts
A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.